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Polymer Processing & Manufacturing (Capstone)

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Advance your career and develop your expertise in polymers with UW–Madison’s Capstone Certificate in Polymer Processing & Manufacturing.


Is this program right for you?

The University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Capstone Certificate in Polymer Processing & Manufacturing prepares engineers for professional practice in the polymer industry.

Designed for working professionals, the 100% online graduate-level certificate develops your understanding and skills related to the fabrication of polymers. You’ll learn how to explain common synthetic strategies for fabrication and analyze outcomes of the materials. You’ll also learn how to evaluate issues within the manufacturing and processing of a material or compound.

Successful completion of the courses within the certificate program can be applied to UW–Madison’s Master of Engineering: Polymer Engineering program, should you choose to pursue your master’s in the future. This polymer certificate program is based on our polymer master’s program, which is internationally recognized for research and teaching in polymer engineering and science.

As a UW–Madison engineering student, you also have access to our Polymer Engineering Center, a university-industry-government collaborative that creates, integrates, and applies knowledge of polymer engineering and processing.

Is this program right for you?

The University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Capstone Certificate in Polymer Processing & Manufacturing prepares engineers for professional practice in the polymer industry.

Designed for working professionals, the 100% online graduate-level certificate develops your understanding and skills related to the fabrication of polymers. You’ll learn how to explain common synthetic strategies for fabrication and analyze outcomes of the materials. You’ll also learn how to evaluate issues within the manufacturing and processing of a material or compound.

Successful completion of the courses within the certificate program can be applied to UW–Madison’s Master of Engineering: Polymer Engineering program, should you choose to pursue your master’s in the future. This polymer certificate program is based on our polymer master’s program, which is internationally recognized for research and teaching in polymer engineering and science.

As a UW–Madison engineering student, you also have access to our Polymer Engineering Center, a university-industry-government collaborative that creates, integrates, and applies knowledge of polymer engineering and processing.

Admissions requirements

All applicants must:

  • Have a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from an accredited institution.
  • Have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on the last 60 credits of degree.
  • Submit evidence of English language proficiency, if applicable. The required proficiency scores are: TOEFL IBT 92, PBT 580; or IELTS 7.0.

Application materials required:

  • Online application
  • Resume/CV
  • Transcripts

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Program highlights

  • The polymer processing and manufacturing program is completely online, so you can complete your certificate from anywhere in the world.
  • Successful completion of the courses within the certificate program can be applied to UW–Madison’s Master of Engineering: Polymer Engineering program, should you choose to pursue your master’s in the future.

How you'll learn

  • Fully online curriculum; you choose when you do most of your work each week.
  • Interact regularly with your instructors and classmates and build your network.

Sample curriculum

  • Fundamentals of Injection Molding
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Experimental Mechanics
  • Advanced Polymer Processing
  • Modeling and Simulation in Polymer Processing

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